Madhya Ashtami


Madhya Ashtami is observed on the Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi of the Mahalaya Pitru Paksha in the Bhadrapada month of South Indian panchang and Ashwina month in North Indian calendar. Since the Mahalaya fortnight is of 16 days commencing from Poornima and culminating on Mahalaya Paksha, the exact half period of the fortnight i.e the eight day, Ashtami tithi is called Madhya Ashtami.

Madhya Ashtami 2023

Fri , 6th Oct 2023

Significance

Madhyashtami shradh rituals are an important ritual for ancestors who might have sided with unrighteousness and evil influences against the dictates of their self-conscience or have aided communal wrongdoings. This could be due to various pressure like political or workplace pressures, influential people. Madhya Ashtami is an important day for the Shradh rituals at Gaya, and the ‘Noopura Ganga Theertham’, located at Azaghar temple near Madurai in South India, Tamizh Nadu. In addition, devotees also worship Lord Shiva on this day of Madhya Ashtami. Sincere prayers and offerings are made to the lord to bestow His mercy on our ancestors.

When this tithi coincides with Ardra Nakshatra it makes the day more auspicious for Lord Shiva worship, and the day is called Arudrashtami. A person who observes Madhya Ashtami does not perform the Shradh rituals on the other tithis of the Pitru Paksha except Amavasya Shradh. 

Rituals

Male members of the family wake up early in the morning. Men of the family who are Dwija (undergone the process of Upanayana) can perform this Tarpan or Shraddha ritual. Shraddha ritual includes Homa, Arghya (offering of water), Pinda-dhan, Dakshina, donating to Brahmins, Vikira and Tarpana. Shraddha Slokas are recited, followed by pinda dhaan. These Pinda offerings are immersed in a river or a local water body, sometimes it is also offered to a cow or crows. On this day, we can also donate long and slender vegetables including drumstick, gourds, to temples for Annadhaana or make food from these vegetables and donate to the poor.

Benefits

  • This day creates a channel to bestow Lord Shiva’s blessings on our ancestors for them to ascend different planes in higher realms. 
  • Tarpanam and pind-daan rituals offer peace and ascension to the deceased family members. This blesses them liberation from the cycle of birth and death. 
  • This process can free and liberate ancestors who have suffered untimely and unnatural death. 
  • Rituals on Madhya Ashtami bestow inner strength, will power and divine blessings on the members of the family.
  • Madhya Ashtami Shraddha rituals help us win legal battles and litigations.

Important Timings On Madhya Ashtami

Sunrise

October 06, 2023 6:24 AM

Sunset

October 06, 2023 6:06 PM

Ashtami Tithi Begins

October 06, 2023 6:35 AM

Ashtami Tithi Ends

October 07, 2023 8:08 AM

Madhya Ashtami festival dates between 2019 & 2029

Year

Date

2019

Sunday, 22nd of September

2020

Thursday, 10th of September

2021

Wednesday, 29th of September

2022

Sunday, 18th of September

2023

Friday, 6th of October

2024

Tuesday, 24th of September

2025

Sunday, 14th of September

2026

Saturday, 3rd of October

2027

Thursday, 23rd of September

2028

Tuesday, 12th of September

2029

Monday, 1st of October